USDA: Idle Farmland Massive Carbon Sink

Charles Abbott of Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Conservation Reserve, which pays owners to idle fragile U.S. farmland, could become one of the largest carbon sequestration programs on private land, an Agriculture Department official said on Wednesday.

We’ve talked about soil degradation before, but usually in terms of lowered potential for further agricultural use. The principle is the same however, as the tilling of soil releases CO2 into the atmosphere as well as increasing soil erosion. Our heavily mechanized methods of modern farming also require large amounts of fossil fuels. Robert Stevenson from the USDA says (in article):

“Land enrolled in the (Conservation) Reserve will also reduce soil erosion by 400 million tons each year and has the potential to be one of the nation’s largest carbon sequestration programs on private lands,” said Stephenson, acting deputy administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency.”

I wonder what similar effects this will have on soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions?

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~ by ethmgallagher on March 26, 2009.

One Response to “USDA: Idle Farmland Massive Carbon Sink”

  1. […] Sleeping In the Rain added an interesting post today on USDA: Idle Farmland Massive Carbon SinkHere’s a small readingCharles Abbott of Reuters reports: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Conservation Reserve, which pays owners to idle fragile U.S. farmland, could become one of the largest carbon sequestration programs on private land, an Agriculture Department official said on Wednesday.We’ve talked about soil degradation before, but usually in terms of lowered potential for further agricultural use. The principle is the same however, as the tilling of soil releases CO2 into the atmosphere as well as increasing soil e […]

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